Surprisingly fresh! Really enthusiastic performances by all of the co-stars (by liamsp5590)
I'll start by saying this movie isn't perfect, but I really, really enjoyed it. In short, the pacing was fantastic not a dull moment, but at the same time you really got to know the characters , the actors all clearly were really enjoying making the movie and gave their characters their all Willem Defoe in particular, and Nicholas Cage was completely revitalized for this role . I also really enjoyed the cinematography, some various effects were used tastefully to great effect. Finally one of the best qualities of this film is the subtle details, often humorous, of the sets/extras. <more>
This film made great use of the background for both humorous and dark mood setting purposes.The one complaint I had with this film was the abrupt transition to some sort of symbolic "meta-scene" right around the last 10 minutes of the film. It just felt jarring and didn't really resolve or leave me thinking anything. I would not be surprised if I just missed some symbolism, but it just didn't resonate with me. But luckily I did not feel it ruined the film for me.So in summary, this film is a fantastic surface level action flick. I would describe it as the inverse of the TV show "Cops". Similar camera-work during the action. It also had some real depth to it's characters, and man was there chemistry. It'll leave you wishing you could see more of the characters yet the point kind of is that you just see a glimpse of their lives. More would take away from the poignancy.
Cage and Dafoe are a sight to behold (by murtaza_mma)
Nicolas Cage's best performance in a long long time and who better can Paul Schrader to make it happen. After the disaster surrounding their previous collaboration Dying of the Light, a film that was tempered by the studio without Schrader's approval, Dog Eat Dog proves to be the perfect foil for both the men to showcase their talents.Schrader limns a colorful world inhabited by cranky criminals who prefer death to living a choked up life. Crime comedy is a zone where the likes of Quentin Tarantino, Coens and Guy Ritchie thrive but Schrader here provided something completely unique. <more>
Yes, it's a film revolving around guns, girls, money, drugs, and thugs but its hyperrealistic treatment makes it a fascinating watch. To watch Nicolas Cage and Willem Dafoe wreck havoc together in front of the motion picture camera is a sight to behold. Dafoe gets to play the crazier character but Cage is never the one to hold back. The scene in which his character beats a lady cop senseless is a major highlight of Cage's portrayal. While Dafoe's character takes the definition of wacko to a whole new level, Cage's calm and composed character is like a time bomb waiting to explode.If you are a fan of Cage and/or Dafoe and/or Schrader, you simply cannot afford to miss Dog Eat Dog.For more on the world of cinema, please visit my film blog "A Potpourri of Vestiges".
A fun pulp sketch that hits the spot for something wack (by Duchino)
As I laid eyes on this new release and saw Cage and Defoe, I immediately checked out the synopsis; 5 minutes later I was watching it and soon chuckling. The funky characters, trippy edits and that classic lowlife-lane vibe kept me entertained throughout – you know that one of their hits and heists is not gonna go down well, but you wanna see how it pans out for these three strange but dangerous goofs. Cage is Hollywood's biggest laughing stock, but undeservedly so; he does pop in all sorts of mediocre movies, from low- to big budget ones, but he does project a persona and at times <more>
cracks out prime performances in great tales: see "Joe" 2013 , for example. Defoe has his usual solid charisma, jacked up for a wild "Mad Dog" character. 3rd guy is good too. They're all interesting and funny. This is something Tarantino used to know how to do – or could have done – if he weren't preoccupied in stylistically redundant pantomimes.